Condoleezza Rice

Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow
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American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of political science at Stanford University.  She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.

From January 2005 to 2009, Rice served as the sixty-sixth secretary of state of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s assistant to the president for national security affairs (national security adviser) from January 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999, during time which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and an academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender--Integrated Training in the Military.

From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff, serving as director; senior director of Soviet and East European Affairs.  In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as special assistant to the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

As a professor of political science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors: the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She has authored and coauthored numerous books, including two best sellers, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011) and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010). She also wrote Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995) with Philip Zelikow; The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin; and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).

In 1991, Rice cofounded the Center for a New Generation (CNG), an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (an affiliate club of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America). CNG has since expanded to local BGCA chapters in Birmingham, Atlanta, and Dallas. She remains an active proponent of an extended learning day through after- school programs. 

Since 2009, Rice has served as a founding partner at RiceHadleyGates, LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The firm works with senior executives of major companies to implement strategic plans and expand in emerging markets. Other partners include former national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley and former secretary of defense Robert M. Gates.

Rice currently serves on the board of Dropbox, an online-storage technology company; C3, an energy software company; and Makena Capital, a private endowment firm. In addition, she is a member of the boards of the George W. Bush Institute, the Commonwealth Club, the Aspen Institute, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Previously, Rice served on various additional boards, including those of KiOR, Inc.; the Chevron Corporation; the Charles Schwab Corporation; the Transamerica Corporation; the Hewlett-Packard Company; the University of Notre Dame; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors.

In 2013, Rice was appointed to the College Football Playoff Committee, formerly the Bowl Championship Series.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master's from the University of Notre Dame; and her PhD from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Rice is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded eleven honorary doctorates.  She currently resides in Stanford, California.

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Former Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice On Huawei And Security Risks

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia CNBC
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses Huawei and the serious problem of intellectual property theft with China.


Condoleezza Rice: China Hurt Itself By Saying It Wanted To Dominate The Tech World

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia CNBC
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses immigration, trade, closed markets, and cyber-security issues that the US and world have with China. Rices notes that a trade agreement between the US and China, will help not only the US and China, but economies worldwide.

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Former US Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice To Speak At Purdue

mentioning Condoleezza Ricevia Purdue University
Monday, June 17, 2019

Condoleezza Rice, the 66th U.S. secretary of state, will speak Oct. 9 at Purdue. Rice will speak as part of Purdue’s Giant Leaps Series as part of the 150th anniversary celebration. The sesquicentennial celebration draws inspiration from Purdue alumnus Neil Armstrong’s historic first steps on the moon, and the celebration will conclude with an astronaut reunion at Homecoming.

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‘Know Your Facts’: A Conversation With Condoleezza Rice

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Student Life
Sunday, April 21, 2019

To former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, facts are always of the utmost importance, especially when discussing foreign policy. Throughout her career in government and academia, Rice has dedicated herself to building this knowledge.

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Rice Warns Of “Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse” In DSS Finale

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia University of Buffalo
Friday, April 19, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice delivered an analysis of the world’s political landscape. Rice said that the international order, forged by the aftermath of World War II, is being challenged heavily.
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U.S. Democracy And Foreign Policy Since 1919

mentioning Condoleezza Rice, Niall Ferguson, Stephen D. Krasnervia CSPAN
Monday, April 15, 2019

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joins Hoover Institution senior fellows Stephen Krasner and Niall Ferguson in a conversation analyzing the changing role of U.S. democracy in foreign policy over the past hundred years.

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Stanford Think Tank Marks Centennial By Exploring 'A Century Of Ideas'

featuring Niall Ferguson, Stephen D. Krasner, Condoleezza Rice, Hoover Institutionvia Palo Alto Online
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

In honor of its centennial anniversary, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University on Tuesday launched a yearlong speaker series that will look at how history from the past 100 years can help inform current public policies.

A Century of Ideas: One Hundred Years of Democracy and Foreign Policy

interview with Condoleezza Rice, Stephen D. Krasner, Niall Ferguson, Michael McFaul
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The United States was founded on the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and for decades, support for democracy around the world has been a central tenet of American foreign policy. The past century provides many examples of growth in successful democracies balanced with the instability of authoritarian and repressive regimes. This panel discussion will address the changing role of democratic governance in America’s foreign policy over the past century.

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Area Libraries Slate Talks About ‘American Creed’

mentioning Condoleezza Ricevia Altoona Mirror
Sunday, March 24, 2019

Blair County Library System, in partnership with area libraries and Penn State Altoona, is hosting community conversations drawing upon themes of the documentary “American Creed,” facilitated by Dr. William J. White of Penn State Altoona.

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Removing Statues Would Censor City's History

quoting Condoleezza Ricevia Richmond Times-Dispatch
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Though this may not be perfect, there is a recent quote attributed to Condoleezza Rice: “I am a firm believer in ‘keep your history before you’ and so I don’t want to rename things that were named for the slave owners. I want us to have to look at those names, and realize what they did.’” Richmond was founded in 1737. London is more than 2,000 years old, as is Paris; Rome was founded in 753 B.C. European cities are beautiful and worthy of visiting because of their history and beautiful monuments. 


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